Moab - Zen Photography
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March 24-27, 2023
Double Occupancy: $650 per person
Single Occupancy: $850 per person
Airfare is not included.

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Canyonland Vista

Daily Itinerary

Friday, March 24, Welcome to the Red Cliffs Lodge

Welcome everyone! Our home base for the weekend is the iconic Red Cliff Lodge located right on the banks of the Colorado River thirteen miles outside Moab. Our program together will begin with an initial trip meeting after check-in, followed by an early dinner at the lodge.

Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge
Meals: D

Saturday, March 25, Motion, Mindfulness, and Technique

We will meet this morning before sunrise along the banks of the Colorado River. Our first exercise will be a photographic meditation on motion. Jonathan will introduce a few techniques used to convey motion in still photographs, and everyone will have the opportunity to practice and attempt to connect to the flow of the river. After breakfast, we will have our first formal lesson on photographic technique. This will include a discussion on the uses of depth of field, shutter speeds, equipment, and other advanced techniques. Later in the morning we will go through a series of exercises in “mindfulness” and explore how these techniques can be used in photography. The afternoon will include a short natural history hike up the Grandstaff Trail, followed by dinner and an evening photoshoot in Arches National Park.

Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge
Meals: B, D

Sunday, March 26, Light and Composition

This morning’s photoshoot will be an exercise in composition and lighting. We will apply some of the mindfulness exercises we discussed in an effort to start really seeing the forms and patterns before us. We will practice visualizing how the light will be rendered into the photograph, and to communicate our vision through the distinct language of the camera. The afternoon will be spent exploring and documenting the Green River Overlook of Canyonlands National Park. We will take a number of short walks to experience the different landscapes and vistas of this iconic geography. The day will culminate with a sunset photoshoot at the spectacular Confluence Overlook.

Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge
Meals: B, D

Monday, March 27, Cumulating Skills

On our final morning together we will return once again to the banks of the Colorado River. Our last exercise will be to combine all the elements of our program into one final photo meditation: on light, form, motion... and the mindful use of our attention to create the evocative visions waiting to be expressed.

Meals: B